FARMERS across the region were ecstatic when this week’s downpour arrived in the knick of time for crops that were feeling the heat.
Monday’s rainfall ensured winter crops will reach their full potential.
But local farmers said it was touch and go for a while.
Hillston wheat farmer Kent Burgess said he had 23 millimetres fall on his property – which was an incredible result.
“The benefit is immeasurable, it will finish the crops off very nicely,” Mr Burgess said.
“The rain is a little bit late for some crops, but the vast majority will respond very well to this rain.”
Mr Burgess said dry area farmers were now hoping for follow up rain in a week, no frosts, and mild temperatures for the next few weeks followed by a dry harvest.
“It can’t really rain too much but once harvest starts we want it to dry up,” he said.
Benerembah irrigation farmer Peter Flanagan was delighted by the weather for both his own crops and for his dry area friends.
“On a day like this I don’t know if I could be much happier,” Mr Flanagan said.
“I would say dry area farmers would say it’s raining dollars from heaven.
“The rain is saving water for irrigators, although a lot of irrigators have already watered their wheat because it was starting to dry out from the last few weeks.
“Even though I have watered 400 hectares of wheat I was going to have to water again at the end of the week, but I don’t need to now which is a welcome relief.”
Mr Flanagan said irrigators were pleased with the rain but rain in the catchment areas would be more beneficial.
“Burrinjuck Dam is only about 50 per cent full,” Mr Flanagan said.
“The more it rains up there in the catchment, the more likely it is we will get extra water allocations which will make the big difference for us because the summer cropping program is somewhat limited as it is.”